“It’s about going from good to great”: Expert approaches to conducting a first sport psychology session

Chow, Graig, Garinger, Lindsay, Freeman, Jaison , Ward, Savanna and Bird, Matthew (2022) “It’s about going from good to great”: Expert approaches to conducting a first sport psychology session. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology . ISSN 1932-9261

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate expert practitioners’ approaches to conducting a first sport psychology session with individual clients as there is sparse empirical literature on this topic. Nine expert Certified Mental Performance Consultants completed a semi-structured interview where they discussed experiences conducting a first meeting with an athlete. Primary objectives included establishing the relationship, setting guidelines and expectations, understanding the client’s background, identifying presenting concerns, and formulating the treatment plan and building skills. Building rapport was an aspect used to establish the relationship while discussing confidentiality was utilized to set guidelines. Important strategies employed to increase the perceived benefits to services included conveying the consulting approach and philosophy. Lessons learned centered around doing too much and not appreciating individual differences of clients. Findings show expert consultants aim to achieve similar broad objectives in the first session and provide a basis for best practices in this area.

Keywords:Intake interviewing, Initial meeting, Professional practice, Sport psychologist, Sport psychology consultant
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B940 Counselling
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:48951
Deposited On:29 Apr 2022 14:56

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